Rowan Radio Wins Six Awards In BEA Festival Of Media Arts Competition


Six Rowan Radio productions won awards in the 2017 Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts competition on Wednesday.

A Community Affair received second place in the Specialty Program category. The winning entry covered National Suicide Prevention Month and how suicide impacts college students.

WGLS-FM Public Affairs Director Alyssa Compa interviewed author Greg Jacobson and Allie Pearce, Rowan University’s Assistant Director of Healthy Campus Initiatives. Also, station member Sarah Kalvaitis spoke with Rowan students about suicide awareness.

Decision 2016, a look at the presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, received third place in the Specialty Program category.

Hosted by Kelly Green, the half-hour show featured Rowan Radio’s coverage from the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Green, Compa, WGLS-FM News Director Geneva Gerwitz, and Matthew Zawodniak conducted interviews with protesters, local and state politicians, and musician Wyclef Jean.

Meanwhile, Green garnered an Award of Excellence for Best Air Personality for her work on The Alternative Scene with Kelly Green ­– a show that focuses on alternative rock music and interviews with local bands.

Guns: Calibrate Your Thinking, a 30-minute documentary on gun control in America, received third place honors in the Educational Program category.

The win marks the third award for the program produced by Sam Arcaini, Alyssa Compa, and Bob Duncan. Last year, it was also recognized by The Communicator Awards and Hermes Award in their respective competitions.

Matthew Zawodniak received an Award of Excellence in Radio Hard News Reporting for a piece on Bernie Sanders supporters during last July’s Democratic National Convention. He chatted with delegates about what’s next for Sanders and his supporters following a primary defeat to Hillary Clinton.

Taking Strides, a story about the career of former Rowan University Football running back Wit Marcelin hauled in an Award of Excellence for Radio Sports Feature. The story, produced by Cody Cronin, Austin Greathouse, and Matthew Gundersen, examined Marcelin’s improbable journey to Rowan and the untimely end of his career.

The BEA Festival of Media Arts is an international showcase for student and faculty work. This year’s competition received 1,450 entries from over 170 schools.

The winners will be honored at the annual Broadcast Education Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada from April 22 to 24.

Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM has won 271 regional and national awards since 1993.


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